A verdict of medical misadventure was returned by a coroner today at an inquest into the death of a talented young student and footballer from an extremely rare and serious condition.
Adam Mulchrone, Sandyhill, Westport died at Mayo University Hospital, on January 27, 2019 from multi-organ failure due to, or as a result of, meningococcal septicaemia.
21-year old Adam - a star player with Westport United Football Club. - was taken seriously ill while training with the club on the day before he died, and was admitted to the emergency unit of MUH suffering from a headache, vomiting and a high temperature. However, he was discharged from the hospital some hours later.
He died later in the hospital, after being readmitted when his condition worsened.
Extensive evidence at the inquest into Mr. Mulchrone’s death was given during the course of a two-day hearing, conducted by the Coroner for Mayo, Pat O’Connor.
In his pathology report, Dr. Tamas Nemeth, who carried out a post mortem examination, said there was no evidence of meningitis or encephalitis.
He gave the cause of death as multi-organ failure due to, or as a consequence of, meningcooccal septicaemia.
Dr. Nemeth said that in his 25 years as a pathologist – during which he had carried out in the region of 4,000 autopsies – he had dealt with only two cases of meningcooccal septicaemia.
At the outset of the hearing, Conor Halpin, senior counsel for Mayo University Hospital, said it was accepted that Adam’s vital signs should have been reassessed before he was discharged.
Mr. Halpin read a letter from Catherine Donoghue, General Manager of the hospital, on behalf of Mayo University Hospital and staff to the Mulchrone family expressing condolences for their “immeasurable loss”.
In a closing submission, Ciaran Tansey, solicitor, representing the Mulchrone family, asked for a verdict of misadventure, stating there was more than sufficient evidence for doing so.
He said Adam was in the prime of life, and the loss for his family was a tragedy of enormous proportions.
After returning his verdict, the Coroner said he was heartened that the hospital had dealt with the matter in a fair, frank, open and accountable way.
He described Adam's death as very harrowing, especially for the parents and family.